Outgoing or quiet, where are you?

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Outgoing or quiet, where are you?

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The Old Woman Answers

You ask me where have I been.
You say that I am too reclusive.
Old people should stay active,
You say. It is not good to be alone.
But I am molting, I say.
Or perhaps there is a chrysalis.
I cannot tell, exactly. There is a voice
With orders to stay still.
Old well-remembered things
Are leaving now, like scales.
They shatter and, before I trip,
Turn into flakes of gold.
Curled up in a Bear’s claw, am I
Or under muscled fur:
Breathing in time to the slow, slow beat
Of a heart that senses snow.
Lee Verner

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